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this is of course. it's because everyone figures hillary clinton is going to run and nobody believes that biden will challenge her in a primary. this has nothing to do with whatever personal friendship exists between the two of them or any sense on biden's part that maybe hill vi a better fit for the job than he is. but it does have everything to do with some truly shocking numbers np the history of modern presidential politics, some truly understand precedented numbers. let's go back to 1986. this is the midway point of ronald reagan's presidency. george w. bush wanted to succeed ray gone in 1988. spent a good chunk of his time shoring up his standing with the republican party, adjusting his positions, winning over skeptical leaders. but what helped bush most was his linkage with the president. republicans love the gripper and george h. bush was his loyal vice president. so when they took a poll and skds republicans who they wanted their 1998 nominee to be. 53 for bush, 16% for his nearest competitor. that's what the vice presidency is supposed to do for you. if bush had not been reagan's numb
in at number five, hillary clinton at number six. michelle obama scored particularly high in the categories of being her own woman and value to the president. and when you say value to the president, one thing that strikes me is there's sort of a synergy between her let's move campaign and the idea of promoting health with the signature achievement of the obama presidency, which is health care reform. and maybe it's a reference to something else, was that's what i read in "value to the president." >> it's certainly an interesting list, but michelle obama certainly strikes a balance here. the balance is being her own woman and then living in the shadow of what was the hillary clinton era as first lady, where she was part and parcel being the legislating partner of that president. she was -- it was a two-for-one deal and the american public really fully embraced that embodiment of two for one. michelle obama has been really the antigen sis of that. she is a bit more activist in some ways, but in some ways, she's a bit more withdrawn. she's sort of being the woman that she, i think, really wan
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